Album: Father John Misty, Fear Fun (Bella Union)

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If you're going to quit your day job as drummer in the world's premier folk-rock band, you'd better have something special up your sleeve.

Fortunately for J Tillman, what he left Fleet Foxes to do turns out to be as panoramic as that band is parochial. Fear Fun is the kind of album that can name-check Sartre, Heidegger and Neil Young in the same song. It is a thing of madcap, mushroom-inspired Laurel Canyon genius, all done with a 1970s soft-rock smile.